Protecting the Public From Revenge Porn Parasites

Revenge Porn Not Free Speech

In March 2015 Nevada based lawyer Marc Randazza won another victory for revenge porn victims. In case you’re unaware, revenge porn is a parasitic activity, usually perpetrated by a jealous ex-boyfriend sending nude or sexually provocative pictures and videos of their former lover to ‘revenge porn websites’ which happily put up the images along with personal information and even sometimes information about the victim’s family, causing the victim to get harassed by creepy strangers who found the pictures and videos alluring.

While Marc Randazza does believe in free speech, he also believes in a person’s right to privacy and that revenge porn is strictly not free speech, since its entire purpose is to violate someone else’s privacy for monetary gain or personal revenge.

Recently, Marc Randazza filed two cases against now jailed revenge porn kingpins Kevin Bolleart and Eric Chanson, to pay two different revenge porn victims restitution. In one case, which took place in Ohio, Randazza won, and the revenge porn schemers were ordered to pay $385,000 to the victim. Now, Bolleart also must pay $450,000 to a girl who fell victim to his revenge porn scheme at just 14 years of age.

Helping the victims of revenge porn get their lives back on track and leave the past behind them is an important part of Free Speech litigation because it demonstrates that while Free Speech is essential, so are the specific limitations of what free speech does not protect. Hopefully financial restitution will help these girls find success in life and move on from these adverse experiences perpetrated by people who sought to bend free speech protection to serve their own ill gotten gains..